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Civil partnerships


Same sex couples can now give notice of their intent to form a civil partnership at Bishop Auckland and Aykley Heads House (Durham) register offices.

 

A non-refundable £40.00 booking fee applies to all new ceremony bookings - this is in addition to the fees outlined above. Changes to ceremony bookings at these venues will result in another £40.00 booking fee becoming payable.

This fee needs to be paid to the superintendent registrar at least six weeks before the ceremony is due to take place.

A non-refundable £40.00 booking fee applies to all new ceremony bookings - this is in addition to the fees outlined above. Changes to ceremony bookings at these venues will result in another £40.00 booking fee becoming payable.

This fee needs to be paid to the superintendent registrar at least six weeks before the ceremony is due to take place.

A non-refundable £35.00 booking fee applies to all new ceremony bookings - this is in addition to the fees outlined above. Changes to ceremony bookings at these venues will result in another £35.00 booking fee becoming payable.

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018:

£400 - Monday to Thursday £435 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday £500 - public holiday weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

A non-refundable £40.00 booking fee applies to all new ceremony bookings - this is in addition to the fees outlined above. Changes to ceremony bookings at these venues will result in another £40.00 booking fee becoming payable.

The ceremony has been developed in consultation with Gay Advice Darlington. We are committed to ensure that the requirements of the legislation are fully met as part of our wider equalities and diversity policies.

Approved premises

Fees

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017:

£395 - Monday to Thursday £425 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday £495 - public holiday weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

Aykley Heads House Durham City - main ceremony room (holds 55 guests)

£225 - Monday to Thursday £255 - Friday £270 - Saturday £335 - Sunday/public holiday

​A non-refundable £35.00 booking fee applies to all new ceremony bookings - this is in addition to the fees outlined above. Changes to ceremony bookings at these venues will result in another £35.00 booking fee becoming payable. 

A ceremony can also be held at Bishop Auckland Register Office Monday to Thursday mornings only for a fee of £46.00 plus £4.00 for the marriage certificate.  This is a registration ceremony with only the couple and 2 witnesses.

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018:

Barnard Castle (holds 34 guests), Bishop Auckland (holds 25 guests), Aykley Heads House Durham City - Durham Room (holds 30 guests) and staircase (holds 16 guests)

£155 - Monday to Thursday £255 - Friday £270 - Saturday £335 - Sunday/public holiday

Aykley Heads House Durham City - main ceremony room (holds 55 guests)

£195 - Monday to Thursday £250 - Friday £265 - Saturday £330 - Sunday/public holiday

Civil partnership ceremonies

We have developed a civil partnership ceremony to complement the civil partnership registration that can be held in the ceremony rooms at Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland and Aykley Heads House (Durham) Register Offices.

Alternatively, ceremonies can also be held at any of the premises approved for marriages and civil partnerships throughout County Durham.

Cost of civil partnership ceremonies

Register offices

Fees

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017:

Barnard Castle (holds 34 guests), Bishop Auckland (holds 25 guests), Aykley Heads House Durham City - Durham Room (holds 30 guests) and staircase (holds 16 guests)

£150 - Monday to Thursday £250 - Friday £265 - Saturday £330- Sunday/public holiday

How to give notice of your intent to form a civil partnership

To give notice in County Durham, you will need to live at an address within the county for at least seven consecutive days.

There may be other legal requirements for the registration of your civil partnership. We will also provide further information and advice concerning the requirements of the civil partnership legislation and any documentation you will need to bring with you. Please contact us in advance to book an appointment.

After giving notice the notice(s) will be displayed on the notice board at the Register Office for 28 days. Your notice will be valid for 12 months from the date it is given.

The minimum legal age for registering a civil partnership in England and Wales is 16 years of age, but written consent will be required for anyone under 18.

Cost of giving notice

The cost of giving notice will be £35 per person. 

What documents will I need?

The documents required are:

A valid passport or a full birth certificate (showing parent's details). Proof of address (a bank statement dated within one month, a utility bill dated within 3 months or a Council Tax bill dated within 12 months). If applicable, a decree absolute or death certificate for any previous marriage. For a previous civil partnership we require a dissolution document. Any name change document if you have legally changed your name since birth.

Contact us
Register Office - Aykley Heads House
03000 266 000
Our address is:
  • Aykley Heads
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5TS

Register Office - Bishop Auckland
03000 266 000
Our address is:
  • Cockton House
  • 35 Cockton Hill Road
  • Bishop Auckland
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL14 6HS
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